Nevada Political Mailers Pour in From Out of State
We are all getting tons of political mailers. And if you look at them closely you might notice that some are from other states. Specifically the Republican National mailers, which in Nevada are actually coming through Idaho and Colorado.
T.M.C.C. political science professor Fred Lokken says that's kind of a twist on resources but says it shows that swing states like Nevada are important to the Republican National Committee as a whole.
"It shows the national and state committees are working together closely which is not a bad strategy," Lokken says. "They see the dye is cast where they are and then are re-directing their money to battleground states...like Nevada."
That would make sense if it were all state money from Colorado and Idaho. The Republican National Committee does give individual states money but according to Darren Littell with Team Nevada, the national party doesn't dictate how that money is spent.
"That's up to the state parties and I can't speculate on why they did it, but all we know is we're happy to have their help," Littell said.
According to the latest Federal Elections Commission reports, the RNC is pumping a lot of money into the Washoe County Republican Party which split from the state party in July.
In fact, they show national receipts of nearly $400,000 since October first.
Yet the State Republican party reports receiving under $5,000 for the same time period.
So why doesn't the County party send out the mailings? Cost.
County parties send bulk rate. States get non-profit status which is eight cents cheaper per mailing. Which adds up quickly.